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  • Green Men & White Swansby Jacqueline Simpson

    Random House 2010; US$ 12.68

    Why do British pubs have such curious names? What tales lie behind the Moonrakers, the Hooden Horse, the Derby Tup? And why does the Green Man come in different shapes and sizes? In Green Men & White Swans , leading folklorist Jacqueline Simpson explores the fascinating stories behind pub names, uncovering the myths and legends, euphemisms and wordplays,... more...

  • Folklore of Sussexby Jacqueline Simpson

    The History Press 2009; US$ 11.99

    Sussex, though near London and nowadays extensively urbanised, has a rich heritage of traditional local stories, customs and beliefs. Among many topics explored here are tales linked to landscape features and ancient churches which involve such colourful themes as lost bells, buried treasures, dragons, fairies and the devil. There are also traditions... more...

  • A Dictionary of English Folkloreby Jacqueline Simpson; Steve Roud

    OUP Oxford 2003; US$ 34.99

    An engrossing guide to English folklore and traditions, with over 1,250 entries. Folklore is connected to virtually every aspect of life, part of the country, age group, and occupation. From the bizarre to the seemingly mundane, it is as much a feature of the modern technological age as of the ancient world. more...

  • The Penguin Book of Ghostsby Jacqueline Simpson; Jennifer Westwood

    Penguin Books Ltd 2008; US$ 21.14

    Shiver at the story of the malevolent apparition of 50 Berkeley Square no one has survived seeing. Listen for the tapping cane, when Jeremy Bentham’s mummified body walks through the corridors of University College. Watch out for the Roman centurion who still patrols the causeway linking Mersea Island to Essex. Shudder at the ghosts of kings... more...

  • The Folklore of Discworldby Terry Pratchett; Jacqueline Simpson

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2014; US$ 15.95

    Terry Pratchett joins up with a leading folklorist to reveal the legends, myths and customs of Discworld, together with helpful hints from Planet Earth. Most of us grew up having always known when to touch wood or cross our fingers, and what happens when a princess kisses a frog or a boy pulls a sword from a stone, yet sadly some of these things are... more...

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